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Self-driving cars still have a lot to learn

Drivers in New York may be eagerly anticipating the release of fully autonomous vehicles. However, there are questions as to when that will actually happen and if it should happen in the next few years. One of the big problems has to do with whether or not people will want to give up being in control of their vehicles. There is also the question of what will happen when autonomous vehicles share the road with cars controlled by humans.

Autonomous technology will need to be able to react to a human driver's impatience or otherwise erratic decision making. Self-driving cars will also be able to learn how to account for vehicles that aren't directly in front of them. For instance, cars that have adaptive cruise control generally do a good job detecting the speed of the cars that they are following. However, they may lack the ability to account for slower vehicles that merge from other lanes.

Tech company Nvidia has introduced a platform called Drive Constellation to help developers test autonomous vehicle software under a variety of different scenarios. While this may not be all that's required to develop technology that won't fail in the real world, it is seen as a step in the right direction. Currently, Waymo has logged the most autonomous miles with over 10 million on actual roads and another 7 billion on virtual streets.

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